In article <newsguy.com>, Hobo
A laptop in full operational mode is in fact no threat to the
functioning of the aircraft except, possibly, if wireless networking is
active. You probably already have it turned off, though, because
there's nothing to connect to on the plane anyway and thus no reason to
waste the battery. A laptop in sleep mode would be even less of a
threat, except it is not possible for something to be less of a threat
than no threat at all.
That doesn't mean they won't make you turn it off. You are required by
law to obey instructions given by thei arcraft flight crew. So if you
are ever told to turn off your sleeping laptop by a flight attendant,
then turn it off.
That said, you will never be told to turn off a sleeping laptop if it
is properly stowed. It is far more of a danger as a projectile than as
a source of RF interference, and the flight crew is rightly more
concerned with making sure it doesn't go hurtling through the air if
the plane hits a rough patch.
Jerry Kindall, Seattle, WA <http://www.jerrykindall.com/>
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